Your Bank Account: Free Reading For NSA And CIASubmitted by McWilly on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 14:37
Reuters is reporting that The Obama Administration is once again pushing the limits of personal privacy by opening up the financial information of every American to the U.S.’s spy agencies to pick over at their leisure. The FBI already has access to financial records from banks, etc., but spy agencies did not. That has now changed.
The theory that the government is trotting out is that the spy boys and girls will scour financial records looking for trends that may indicate terrorist activity. I wonder if there will be any problems with that? Reuters spoke with Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior counsel for the Rule of Law Program at the Constitution Project, a non-profit watchdog group:
A move like the FinCEN proposal “raises concerns as to whether people could find their information in a file as a potential terrorist suspect without having the appropriate predicate for that and find themselves potentially falsely accused.”